Triple Bill: Schechter/Kratz/Inger
“Aterballetto is thé contemporary dance company from Italy.”
The group from Reggio Emilia is able to attract famous choreographers from all over the world and has already previously performed successfully at the Holland Dance Festival. Now the company returns to the Netherlands with a thrilling triple bill, consisting of Wolf from the Israeli Hofesh Shechter, “O” From the German Philippe Kratz and Bliss from the Swedish Johan Inger.
Shechter is known for his intense, intuitively made creations, in which the power of music (often from his own hand) always closely matches the dynamics of the movement. He himself describes his work as a ‘punch that hits the viewer like a wave of energy’. In Wolf he intermittently has an animal force take over the male and female dancers. The choreography takes you to a completely new and fascinating universe. “Dance is like a dream,” says Shechter. “When you wake up, you can’t explain how and why certain thoughts and things came about and why they came about exactly that way.”
Then comes dancer/choreographer Philip Kratz, last year’s winner of the international choreography competition in Hanover with his creation “O” and this year’s Mario Bedendo 2019 “Best Choreographer” Award winner for choreographies composed in 2019 for Aterballetto. The duet “O” is about ‘infinity’ and how achieving it is the ultimate goal of mankind. Two dancers – or robots – find themselves in “O”, in a state of transcendence and emotional fulfillment, moving on the endless beat of their heart.
Finally, for his creation, Inger was inspired by Keith Jarrett’s iconic Köln Concert. Without a preconceived plan or story, Inger and his dancers were looking for a way to translate the structure and emotional charge of the music into dance and into the present day. The result is a fresh, clear, euphoric and heartwarming work, an ode to spontaneous dance pleasure.
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